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​​​The Halton Newcomer Strategy's Education and Employment Action Group compiled a list of subsidy and grant programs that can be leveraged to help Halton employers attract and retain highly skilled and educated newcomers. See below for a list of programs available.


Summer Experience Program

The Summer Experience Program (SEP) provides funding to eligible not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, Indigenous organizations and First Nation communities in order to create meaningful summer employment opportunities for students.



Regional Development Program: Southwestern Ontario Development F​​und

The program supports eligible small- and medium-sized businesses investing in new equipment and training to expand operations in these regions, and also provides support to municipalities and not-for-profit organizations investing in economic development projects. Eligible applicants may receive financial support and advisory services to help navigate other government programs, such as guidance on compliance approvals, assistance with skills and talent, and information regarding Ontario's corporate tax credits.


Skills Catalyst Fund

The government is launching the Skills Catalyst Fund to support new and existing high-impact projects/pilots addressing Highly Skilled Workforce priorities for up to two years through an open, competitive Call for Proposals. The Fund will support initiatives that foster greater collaboration, innovation, and inclusion in Ontario's labour market— connecting the 'supply' of talent developed through education and training with the skills needs and 'demands' of employers.


Compensation for Employers of Reservist Program

Employers of Reservists and self-employed Reservists may be eligible for funding under the Compensation for Employers of Reservists Program (CERP). The purpose of the CERP is to:

  • Provide financial support to civilian employers of Reservists and/or self-employed Reservists, to offset operational costs they incur when Reservist employees deploy on full-time operational duty (Chief of Defense Staff directed operation), both domestically and abroad.
  • Enable Reservists to be more fully integrated alongside the Canadian Armed Forces Regular Force.
  • Enable a better understanding of the role of Reservists in the military, their places of employment and in their communities


Enabling Accessibility Fund

The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) provides funding for eligible capital projects that increase accessibility for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces, creating more opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in community activities, programs and services, or access employment opportunities.

Foreign Credential Recognition Program –Innovation and skilled newcomer employment

The objective of this application process is to support the development and implementation of innovative and collaborative approaches that improve the integration of highly skilled newcomers into the Canadian labour market.

The Government of Canada is accepting applications from organizations interested in receiving up to $800,000 in funding from the Foreign Credential Recognition Program (FCRP) per project that is up to 30 months in duration. Approximately 15 organizations will receive funding through this process.

Foreign Credential Recognition Program

The FCRP provides funding to provincial and territorial governments and other organizations. These other organizations may include regulatory bodies, national associations and credential assessment agencies. Governments and organizations use the funding for programs that help assess and recognize the international credentials and work experience that individuals have acquired in other countries.

Funding for Community – Based projects under the New Horizons for Seniors Program

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and contributions program that supports projects designed by and for seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and their communities. Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.

This application process is intended to fund projects up to $25,000 that are led or inspired by seniors, volunteer-based and supported by their communities.

The program provides funding for projects that encourage seniors to play an important role in their communities by volunteering, participating in and leading community activities. The program also provides funds to help organizations make necessary modifications or repairs to their facilities, or to purchase replacement equipment and furnishings, to enable their continued use for programs and activities for seniors.


Union Training and Innovation Program: Innovation in Apprenticeship

The Union Training and Innovation Program (UTIP) supports the Government of Canada's commitment to strengthen union-based apprenticeship training, innovation and enhanced partnerships.
Funding for the UTIP program has two streams:

  • Stream 1 supports cost-shared purchases of equipment and materials for training (union-led).
  • Stream 2 supports innovative approaches to address challenges that limit apprenticeship outcomes (union involvement required).


Youth Employment and Skills Strategy Program: National or Regional

The Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) program will provide up to $600M in funding to organizations to deliver a range of activities that help youth overcome barriers to employment and develop a broad range of skills and knowledge in order to participate in the current and future labour market. Support will be tailored to the needs of youth that are facing barriers to employments. Youth who face barriers often include youth who are early leavers from high school, recent immigrant youth, youth from visible minority groups, youth living with disabilities, single parent youth, youth living in low-income households, youth experiencing homelessness or precarious housing, and youth living in rural or remote areas. For these youth, barriers often intersect and they are more likely to be among the youth population who are involuntarily not in employment, education or training (NEET).

Employment Standards Training and Education Program (ESTEP)

The Employment Standards Training and Education Program (ESTEP) provides funding to eligible organizations for projects designed to help educate employees and employers on their rights and obligations under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). The program's focus is to help educate small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and vulnerable, non-unionized workers (including newcomers and young workers). The key objective of the ESTEP is to expand the scope of the Ministry of Labour's existing education and outreach efforts by funding the projects of external organizations that are designed to promote awareness and educate employees and employers on their rights and obligations under the ESA.

In 2018-19, ESTEP applicants may apply in one of two categories. Applicants may wish to promote awareness and focus their educational efforts on either: General Overview of the ESA or Focus Areas of the ESA such as - Personal Emergency Leave; Domestic and Sexual Violence Leave; Equal Pay for Equal Work. The maximum funding available per project is $200,000.

Women's Economic Security Program

The Women's Economic Security Program (WESP) was established for the purpose of increasing incomes and labour force attachment of low-income women in Ontario. MSW is seeking to achieve this by providing grants to eligible organizations that will provide employment, pre-employment apprenticeship and entrepreneurship training specifically for low-income women so that they are equipped with the skills, knowledge and experience to secure employment and increase their income and economic security. The WESP aims to strengthen organizations' capacity to deliver on their mandates in innovative ways that encourage partnerships between women-centered community based organizations, educational institutions and businesses.


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